I’m a whiskey man myself when it comes to spirits, but I drink a fair amount of tequila in the summer months. A little tequila, citrus, and agave nectar does the trick every time. In the past year or so I’ve gotten into mezcals, tequila’s strong, smoky brother. Fidencio and Ilegal make versions of mezcals that I’m fond of.
I was intrigued by the mention of something new to me on a cocktail list at a local restaurant and I when asked if it was a brand of tequila, my bartender Sebastian informed me that it was a spirit all its own. Like tequila, sotol is a spirit and this particular brand is concocted in Mexico, specifically the state of Chihuahua.
The spirit is incredibly smooth and can be sipped solo or mixed in a cocktail. The añejo bottling of Hacienda de Chihuahua sotol is aged in French oak barrels and is a treat in itself.
I’ll have more to say about the spirit coming soon, and of course, a cocktail recipe to try once you’ve procured your bottle or if in Atlanta, tell Sebastian at Red Pepper that I said hi. All images by yours truly